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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed.-Thurs., June 19-20) -- T Rex numbers for Game 7, with peak audience of more than 1.1 mil

ABC execs are basking in the afterglow of a dynamic 7-game NBA Finals, with Thursday night’s championship match roaring in the D-FW ratings.

Running from 8:11 to 10:48 p.m., the Miami Heat’s 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs averaged 832,988 viewers, with a peak crowd of 1,101,472 between 10:30 and 10:45 p.m.

Even more important to ABC and the NBA, Game 7 averaged 491,168 viewers in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49 range, peaking at 628,312 in the 10:30 to 10:45 p.m. segment. It’s gold for a network any time a program draws more than 50 percent of its viewers in this key demographic. Mission accomplished Thursday night.

Game 7 crushed everything in its wake, including NBC’s 9 p.m. Season 1 finale of Hannibal. It had a starvation diet of 41,305 total viewers with an even measlier 12,758 within the 18-to-49 motherlode. CW33’s 9 p.m. Nightcap (“a different kind of news”) came up completely empty, with no measurable audience in either ratings barometer.

On Wednesday, NBC fared a bit better with Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. Stretching to 10:30 p.m., when the Blackhawks won in overtime, it averaged 68,842 viewers and 38,273 in the 18-to-49 age range. The night’s most-watched TV attraction on the Big Four broadcast networks, CBS’ 7 p.m. episode of the American Baking Championship, drew 185,873 total viewers.

The Texas Rangers did a bit better than that on cable’s Fox Sports Southwest, averaging 199,642 viewers for their home win over the first-place Oakland A’s. Thursday afternoon’s game on FSS, also a Rangers win, pulled in 89,495 viewers.

Here are the local news derby numbers:

Wednesday -- With a hockey run-over on NBC, WFAA8 won a downsized 10 p.m. competition in total viewers while Fox4 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

NBC5 was tops in total viewers at 6 a.m., and tied Fox4 for first among 25-to-54-year-olds.

NBC5 and CBS11 respectively had the most viewers at 5 and 6 p.m.; Fox4 took both 25-to-54 golds.

Thursday -- ABC’s NBA run-over made it another three-way competition at 10 p.m., with CBS11 running first in both ratings measurements.

NBC5 and WFAA8 tied for the most total viewers at 6 a.m., but WFAA8 won outright among 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 ran the table at 5 p.m. and added a 6 p.m. win in the 25-to-54 demographic. CBS11 again had the most total viewers at 6 p.m.

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